This is a first-class reminder of how wars start - (shot in whimsical settings largely upon Brighton Pier) - and how they grind quickly into stalemate as our leaders, both military and political, find themselves presented with problems beyond their competence to solve. Brilliantly incorporating the sad and appropriate corruption of words of hymns and popular songs of the period, this is a colouful yet potent reminder of the horrors of 'dying for one's country'. Excellent film-making by Attenborough.
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